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Bee venom is being hailed as the latest weapon in the fight against ageing. Cosmetics companies have devised new lines in skin care using bee venom that promises to banish wrinkles.
The toxin is being used in face creams, masks and serums because research has revealed it acts as a natural “Botox”, which can fool the skin into producing more collagen and elastin. It does this by tricking the brain into thinking the skin has been stung and so it sends blood to that area to help it heal.
Celebrities have been lining up to try this new craze, including British royals the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Cornwall. Other fans are said to include Gwyneth Paltrow, Victoria Beckham and Michelle Pfeiffer.
Studies have shown that bee-related therapies can stimulate a healthy immune response and improve circulation while treating conditions such as arthritis, gout, multiple sclerosis and tendonitis. As bee venom has also been proven to reduce inflammation, the toxin has both medicinal and cosmetic properties.
The research into the use of bee venom as an anti-ageing product has been led by scientists in South Korea and cosmetic companies in New Zealand.
When the product containing the bee venom is placed on the skin, it stimulates those naturally occurring chemicals that make collagen and elastin. The treatment is said to be pain-free but some people may experience a sensation of tingling when it is applied.